Rob Dunn

Museum presentation delves into wild life of bodies, homes, foods with Rob Dunn, Jan. 25

December 8, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. — Throughout time, the health and wellbeing of humans has been fundamentally altered by dramatic changes in the species we interact with. Much of this change has been brought on by our own destructiveness. Now, it appears, we are beginning a new, better informed phase of our relationship with other species. Learn about… Read More >


Carolina anole by Melissa Dowland/NCMNS.

Twelve days of science

During this holiday season, celebrate science with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Here are just a few ideas of what you could do … Dec 18 Naturalist Center, 1–4pm Learn about the natural world using our “magic” tables or peruse an extensive collection of hands-on specimens, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, plants,… Read More >


Lepisiota dispatching Pheidole ant. Photo: D. Magdalena Sorger.

New dominant ant species discovered in Ethiopia shows potential for global invasion

November 22, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. — A team of scientists conducting a recent biodiversity survey in the ancient church forests of Ethiopia made an unexpected discovery — a rather infamous ant species (Lepisiota canescens) displaying signs of supercolony formation. According to D. Magdalena Sorger, a post-doctoral researcher with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and a key… Read More >


Eoconfuciusornis. Image Credit: Dr. Xiaoli Wang.

Keratin and Melanosomes Preserved in 130-Million-Year-Old Bird Fossil

November 21, 2016

New research from North Carolina State University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Linyi University has found evidence of original keratin and melanosome preservation in a 130-million-year-old Eoconfuciusornis specimen. The work extends the timeframe in which original molecules may preserve, and demonstrates the ability to distinguish between ancient microstructures in fossils. Eoconfuciusornis, crow-sized primitive birds… Read More >


Screenshot from "Soapy the Germ Fighter"

Museum’s Final Friday takes a closer look at “Those Naughty Germs” – Nov. 25

November 15, 2016

RALEIGH — Bacteria. We kill them with pills, spray them with bleach, and scrape them off our teeth every morning. But they also help digest our food, keep our crops healthy, and apparently they live in fancy yogurt. So how do you know the good from the bad? Enter the amazing world of germs when… Read More >